|The Whirlwind in action|
Yes, of course I’m going to start by commentating the match of the day between Jimmy White and Ronnie O`Sullivan! :-P. But before that I should inform you about the poll results. Yesterday I was asking you who would you like to be the winner of the match mentioned at the beginning of this sentence. Although I didn’t receive many votes, 80% of you voted for Jimmy and 20% for Ronnie. I think one must love a legend, right? ;-)
So, the first frame was won by Ronnie, even if he wasn’t in his best form; he needed to warm up a bit and do did Jimmy. The second frame, a break of 79 and "The Rocket" was going for the victory. On FaceBook and on different forums, many of us were cheering for Jimmy’s comeback...and I’m pretty sure he heard us, for he won the third frame with a beautiful break of 88!. Well, of course I’m kidding and he didn’t hear us....but what’s really important is that he won a frame… because Ronnie was going to win the next. Final score: 3-1.
|Ronnie`s second job - biting his nails|
I think this was the first time since the start of this tournament when I really didn’t bond with the short format. It would have been nice to see those two playing the best of 10, at least! It was a beautiful match, that kind of match that you wish to see more often. But be prepared, for Ronnie entered the last 16 and today he’ll fight another snooker legend - the mighty Stephen Hendry! You don’t want to miss this match, believe me! :-)
|The sensational Ding|
Keeping it Asian, the little Chinese Ding Junhui whitewashed Marcus Campbell with a 3-0 scoreline. What a wonderful performance for Ding who’s playing better and better. He is only 23 years old, but he had already won 2 UK Championships, one China Open and one Northern Ireland Trophy. Sensational!
|Williams and Hawkins showed us what class snooker is all about|
|Peter Ebdon and the patience test for endless matches|
The last match of the day was the one between Peter Ebdon and Liu Song. And you can imagine that if Peter was involved, the match was really slow :-P... it lasted about 3 hours, with 55 minutes only for the last frame! What an effort! Even if the match ended on a decider, it wasn’t high quality snooker and it definitely wasn’t entertaining. But in the end Peter won 3-2 after a struggling battle. What I really admire about Liu is his determination to play. He knew he was out of the circuit, he knew he had nothing to lose, but he still played quite well and showed his respect to the sport by doing so.
The century breaks for yesterday were: Ding Junhui (110) and Mark Williams (112).
Another ten names and another five matches wait for their winners. Today’s list of players looks something like this:
Ronnie O`Sullivan v. Jimmy White
Marco Fu v. Andrew Higginson
Marcus Campbell v. Ding Junhui
Mark Williams v. Barry Hawkins
Peter Ebdon v. Liu Song
And you can watch the boys by following this schedule:
11:30 - 12:30 (EuroSport)
12:30 – 16:30 (BBC 2)
12:30 - 17:00 (EuroSport)
19:00 – 20:00 (BBC 2)
19:00 - 22:00 (EuroSport)
24:50 – 01:40 (BBC 2)
01:40 – 03:40 (BBC 2 Extra)